Hi all! After more than a decade and several successful builds in the Saltwater Reef hobby, I've decided to jump ship and try my hand at this planted tank thang. I need something new to learn but still need to have a tank in the house, so I figure let's try something a little different and go green! Isn't that what all the cool kids are doing these days? :grin2: I took down the reef a few months back. Meanwhile, I set up a little 7g cube that I've been fooling around with to kind of dip my toe in and start familiarizing myself with freshwater planted practices. But it's really just scratching the surface. For the big tank, I'm going all in! And I'm going to need some (lots) help along the way. I hope you all will be patient with me as I fumble my way through. I do understand the basics of fish keeping and growing things underwater. I just need to mentally let go of some things and pick up new ideas/practices if that makes sense. Anyway, let's get on with the show, shall we? Here's a quick rundown of some of the basics of this build. Tank: WaterBox Clear Pro 6025 - 143 gallons (541 Liters) Lighting: (3) GHL Mitras 7004 Controller: GHL Profilux 4 Doser: GHL Doser 2.1 <--- will be implemented later, but I have it from my Reef tank Those are the current "knowns". Now to the "unknowns" and "leaning towards" items... Filtration: Thinking of starting with a Fluval FX6 and possibly adding a second one later if needed Co2: 10lb tank? And Dual Stage Regulator needed. Suggestions welcome. Heater: Possibly something in-line? Water Changes: Leaning towards setting up some sort of Auto Water Change system Fish, Plants and Scape style: Going for more of a nature-scape, Amano type of thing but maybe not so plant heavy. A good amount of hardscape with large branch. I'm not really sure. I think I'm just going to have to feel it out. I'd really like to try Discus. But I know they prefer warmer water which limits plant selection. So I'll be talking with the guys at ADG here in Houston to help figure that out. It will probably have a pretty asymmetrical setup, partly to help hide equipment in the tank, and partly because the tank is being located close to a corner of the room. Which brings me to the final part of my first post of this build... the tank location. The tank will be located on this empty wall, next to the large sliding glass doors, behind the sofa. That's it for now! Comments and suggestions appreciated. I'm here to learn and share ideas. There will be more coming next week as the lights and hopefully the tank arrive! Thanks!